Ellora and ajanta caves

From Mumbai, I travelled north-east to the Ellora, Hindu, Buddhist and Jain caves. They were cut into the side of a mountain over a thousand years ago. Even older, dating back to the first century were the Ajanta Buddhist caves. Some were elaborate, others simple, but all had a musty smell.

Ajanta Caves

I preferred the Ellora site, because a trail led above the caves to the top of the waterfall where pools of clear water cascaded down until the liquid spilt over the cliff. At the side were simple caves that I guessed might have once been tiny houses of the carvers who created the art work below.

Kailsa Temple, Ellora Caves

That memory has stayed with me more than the actual caves so that I had to include the setting in a manuscript I’ve just had edited.